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HOW TO - Front license plate bracket

Does anyone know of an aftermarket option for the front license plate? Here in California we need a front plate by law

I did a quick forum and Google search to no avail. We have the OEM bracket that came with the car, id just like to not drill into the front bumper, and would like it off to the side if possible.

Coming from the land of Subaru, companies have made brackets that will screw into the front tow hook point. As far as I know, the Sorento does not have a front tow hook in the front bumper?

Thoughts/idea/leads? Maybe ill see if I can just make one if there isnt an option out there already.

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I ended up buying a generic front bracket kit off Amazon. I posted how-to/pics starting in post 7. You can either scroll down or go straight to that post via this link: https://www.kia-forums.com/2016-soren...ml#post1646850


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I wish there was a decent plate bracket! Arkansas doesn't require a front plate but they drilled my front bumper and added a plastic one so they could put their dealer plate on it for advertising. I was going to take it off but the holes look like hell! Looks like some jack wagon who didn't know what he was doing drilled the holes. It looks better with it on so I left it, painted the dealer plate satin black and there it is... SMH
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I wish there was a decent plate bracket! Arkansas doesn't require a front plate but they drilled my front bumper and added a plastic one so they could put their dealer plate on it for advertising. I was going to take it off but the holes look like hell! Looks like some jack wagon who didn't know what he was doing drilled the holes. It looks better with it on so I left it, painted the dealer plate satin black and there it is... SMH
That would have been a deal breaker for me. Foolishness at the dealership, now to have a unnecessary bracket to coverup the holes.
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Ya unfortunately ive heard of a lot of dealers doing that.

From looking around last night, other Kia models have similar plate brackets for them, but so far no support for the 16+ Sorento
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May I suggest plastic trim plugs(black or painted to match) to fill and cover the holes IF plate is not needed. As for offsetting the plate location, Have you even tried the original one moved over? May only be a matter of plastic washers and longer fastener for any curvature difference for mounting holes.
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So I ended up buying a generic bracket off Amazon ($22.99 when I bought it): https://amzn.to/2SMkxZj

Here's what was in the box:
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I made a step by step on how to remove the front fog light cover as this is where I wanted to try and mount the bracket. Fog cover removal here: https://www.kia-forums.com/2016-sore...ml#post1646834

My plan was to use parts of the kit I bought. I found some old hardware in my garage (nut, bolt, and spacers) that was the same thread pitch as the extension pieces as seen in the bottom left in the pic above. My idea was to sandwich the fog cover between the bolt and the extension.

I drilled about a 1/4 inch hole in the foglight cover where I wanted to bracket to mount to. This hold was JUST SLIGHTLY smaller than the bolt I used, this way the bolt could partially thread itself into the softer plastic.
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Here is the old hardware I had laying around my bin of random leftovers
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Threaded into the plastic and no clearance issues in the back when the cover gets put back on.
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Next the extension screws into the bolt, sandwiching the foglight cover like I wanted.
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Secure the license plate bracket to the extension with the screw/washer
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Any way to make it face forward? Or you dont want it to?
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